from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Having rocks or rock outcroppings; rocky.
- adjective Firm and unyielding, especially with regard to one's principles, loyalties, or beliefs.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Having ribs of rock.
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- adjective having
rocky cliffsor outcroppings
obstinately firmand unyieldingin one's opinions
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective abounding in or bordered by rocky cliffs or scarps
- adjective tradition-bound and obstinately opinionated
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And each of the others has proven electable - including Gillibrand who took a rock-ribbed Republican district in 2006 and held it in 2008.
"I believe that whether you're a member of the tea party, whether you're a rock-ribbed Republican or whether or not you're a plain, ordinary American without labels, you cannot be indifferent to the concerns addressed in these very poignant stories that we've heard over the last year and over the last several days," Larson said.
Friend – I am a lifelong, rock-ribbed progressive Democrat.
Solid, rock-ribbed conservatives that will give Hopey a hell of a run for his money. bob mcmanus Says:
Even the rock-ribbed conservatives at the National Review aren't comfortable letting the invisible hand refuse to lift a finger to save a family's home.
Same-sex marriage would seem to be a perfect example of those rock-ribbed conservative values.
The bad news is that Gowdy is a rock-ribbed conservative from the home state of infamous District overlord Rep. John L. McMillan D.
Rick Perry's surge in the polls has shaken up the Republican presidential race, knocking Mitt Romney from his perch as the GOP front-runner and emboldening Republican voters who say 2012 is the year a rock-ribbed conservative can win the White House.
It wasn't until Republicans returned to rock-ribbed conservative principles in the 2010 midterms that the GOP regained its footing, and winning back control of the House proved the primacy of principles.
Other polls found even wider margins, emboldening Republican voters who say 2012 is the year a rock-ribbed conservative can win the White House.